Hi, my name is Miss Keough
I am the Learning Mentor here at St Stephen’s and my job is to provide support and guidance to help pupils to overcome the social and emotional barriers which may be getting in the way of learning and positive behaviour. I work in a supportive role helping children to understand their emotions, strengths, weaknesses and provide them with the tools to cope with difficult situations.
I work on many aspects, these include raising self-esteem, confidence building, and behaviour modification, coping with difficult situations, bereavement and developing social skills. Addressing these concerns ultimately helps the children to be ready to learn. Breaking down barriers to learning is key to my role.
I work one to one, with groups, in the classroom and I am available at lunch time to support pupils. An important part of my role is to meet with parents and carers and to help them to understand how to support learning at home.
I meet with a wide range of other professionals and workers in other agencies to make sure everyone is working towards the same goals.
Children who may benefit from Learning Mentoring may experience:
- Loss of motivation
- Disengaged from learning or social engagement
- Lack of self-esteem and confidence
- Variety of behaviour issues, disruptive, bullying issues, attention-seeking
- Homework not done
- Difficulty in managing strong feelings, anger
- Difficulty in building relationships making and mending friendships
- Lacking resilience
- Passive Learners, difficulty in participation
- Learning gaps, falling behind, poor learning or study skills
- High levels of anxiety
- Difficulties in concentration
- Suffered loss or bereavement
- New to school, difficulties in settling into school
- Welfare issues
My role is to help children be happy and successful learners. Your child has been chosen to work with me. I will be working towards a planned set of targets with your child.